Wednesday, December 17, 2008

This Week on Australian Screens

Cinema Releases for the Week 18/12/08

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa - A make it a general rule of thumb to not bother with movies that supplant words with numbers. Plus I loathed the original Madagascar.

Slumdog Millionare - Danny Boyle's big Oscar ticket. I am going to try and sneak in a screening before I lose time working all day Tuesday and Wednesday and then being back in my hometown for a few days over Christmas. Am really hoping it's good considering the amount of awards it has won, although I can see myself being bitterly disappointed. That tends to happen a lot with me.

Next week comes Boxing Day - the biggest release day of the year in Australia typically - but there don't seem to be many big films released this year, which is both good and bad. Anyway, well discuss that next week!

DVD Releases for the Week 18/12/08

Anamorph - As I do this entry week after week I routinely come across titles that I have never heard of before. Yet, it's rare that I come across a title like this that not only have I never heard of, but one that stars Willem Dafoe, Scott Speedman, Clea DuVall and Peter Stormare. Oh, and Debbie Harry!

College Road Trip - That's so not Raven!

Star Wars: Clone Wars - George Lucas trying to scrounge up as much spare change as he can from vulnerable young Star Wars fans.

The Strangers - I saw this flick with Adem from Adem with an E and we were both suitably frightened. Even if there's no plot to speak of whatsoever.

Tropic Thunder - Will Robert Downey Jr actually get an Oscar nomination for his role as an Australian actor portraying an African American? Wouldn't it be a hoot?!

TV Screenings for the Week 18/12/08

19/12/08, How Much Do You Love Me? (2005) - I'm always up for a movie with Monica Bellucci. Aren't you?

20/12/08, Valet Girls (1987), C7, 12.35AM - A teen movie from the 1980s that also has a witty pun for a title? I am so there!

20/12/08, Event Horizon, C10, 8.50PM - Paul W.S. Anderson's haunted space craft movie Event Horizon is rather entertaining, despite being terribly ridiculous.

20/12/08, Pufnstuf (1970), ABC2, 9.45PM - This is the freakin' PUFNSTUF MOVIE!! Who can resist? I personally love that the very first forum entry you see on the film's IMDb profile asks the serious meaning-of-life-esque question "Why does Witchiepoo always want the flute?" Aah, yes. Why indeed. Also, it features an appearance by Mama Cass. I need to see this movie so bad!

20/12/08, Brick (2006), SBS, 10.25PM - You could do worse than this twisty teen crime thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

21/12/08, New York, New York (1977), 7HD, 10.30AM - While 10.30AM is perhaps a little early to watch Martin Scorcese's searing and histrionic quasi-musical pastiche, but you should definitely watch it at some point. It's the antithesis of everything Scorsese seems to have done throughout his career. When I caught this for the first time I was quite blown away. It was not what I was expecting at all and fell quickly in love despite everything within my better judgement telling me I really shouldn't. In that regard, it shares a lot in common with Francis Ford Coppola's weird disastrous yet ultimately loved by me quasi-musical One from the Heart. Many people hate New York, New York - too long, too loud, too gay - but I think it's terrific. And if we're lucky they're screening the film with the infamous "Happy Endings" sequence, an extravagant and overtly lavish musical montage in which Liza Minnelli lets Martin Scorsese engage his most classical urges. Also, it features Liza's original version of "New York, New York" - the original and the best for sure.

23/12/08, Stranger than Paradise (1984), SBS, 11.35PM - Jim Jarmusch. That's pretty much all you need to know whether you're a fan or not.

24/12/08, Millions (2004), C7, 12.00PM - Is it a coincident that Channel 7 have programmed Danny Boyle's Millions just when his latest Slumdog Millionaire has premiered in cinemas?

24/12/08, C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005), SBS, 10.00PM - Nothing say "celebrate Christmas Eve!" like a Canadian queer coming out movie, does it?

Christmas Day Screenings - There's a good bet that I won't be here next Thursday so here are some titles that are screening on Christmas Day that may pique your interesting. That is if you aren't busy preparing Christmas lunch/dinner/whatever you do. ABC1 features a couple of classic titles in the form of Oscar-winning The Thief of Bagdad (1940, 9.00AM) and Beat the Devil (1953, 3.00PM). Not exactly the sort of titles you would expect to see on Christmas Day, but they're great titles so that's good. Iberia (2005) on SBS at 1.30PM is another obscure foreign musical, which are generally funny to catch just to see the craziness they put in.

Did you ever wonder how Inspector Rex came about? The original TV movie (1994) is on SBS at 8.30 for prime family viewing. Douglas Sirk's Magnificent Obsession (1954) is on ABC1 at 12.15AM while at Midnight on Channel 9 Ryan O'Neal stars as a "computer analyst" in the 1973 (mix the '70s and computers and you know it'll be hilarious) in The Thief Who Came to Dinner. Of course there are plenty of Christmas-themed movies on, but they're all dodgy TV movies. A Carol Christmas (2005) starring Tori Spelling, anyone?!?


J.D. said...

Millions! Such a disturbingly lovely movie. It's my favorite Christmas movie, actually. Even if it's not about Christmas. But there's enough Christmas.

C.R.A.Z.Y. was weird.

Guy said...

Off-topic, but I think it's in your best interests to post the new Lily Allen video... sharpish.


Ben Wilson said...

"Brick (2006), SBS, 10.25PM - You could do worse than this twisty teen crime thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt."

- Oh no you couldn't.

On another note, it must be said that C.R.A.Z.Y is one of the best gay movies I've ever seen. Call me a sentimental dust-rag, but it's just so nice and warm and... just nice. Most gay movies are too bitchy to be "nice", so this I like.

Paul Martin said...

I have a double pass to Madagascar 2 if you want it. Everybody's raving about Slumdog Millionaire, but I don't see what all the fuss is about. It's just OK.

Glenn said...

Paul, I've heard some middling response to Slumdog, but you are right in saying the response has been overwhelmingly positive.

I'll pass on those Madagascar tix. I'm not going there.

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